Down East Dance

Dance Studio 

            Class Descriptions

Preschool  (3 & 4 Yr. Olds)

Beginning Ballet & Creative Movement.  Emphasis on motor skills, coordination, flexibility & creativity!  Preschool students must be 3 by Sept. 1 and be fully potty-trained (no diapers/pull ups) and must be able to use the bathroom with little to no assistance. 

Kinderdance (5-6 Yr. Olds)

Continuation of Preschool Class with added emphasis on musicality, rhythm, and building on ballet skills. 

Ballet 1 through Ballet 5 (Ages 6 +)

Beginner to Intermediate studies in classical ballet & terminology.

Ballet 6 through Ballet 7

Continuation of intermediate ballet technique with added skills.  Pointe work as well for those students who qualify for pointe work.  Pointe must be approved by instructor.  

Ballet 8/Advanced Ballet

Continuation of ballet technique & pointe with advanced progressions.  Pointe & Advanced Ballet students are required to enroll in two ballet technique classes per week for pointe work. 

Ballet Repertoire

Students will learn various classical & contemporary ballet variations and solos as well as gain further knowledge in ballet vocabulary & history.  This is an intense, rigorous class for our highest level of ballet students and is by permission only.  Please consult instructor. 

Tap 1 through Advanced Tap

Beginner through advanced progressions of rhythm tap.  Tap is a great way to develop rhythm & musicality for any dancer!  Students may start taking Tap at age 5.   

Clogging 1 through Advanced Clogging

Beginner through Advanced progressions of Green Grass style clogging.  Clogging is a fun, upbeat dance style for students age 8 through Adult!  Come kick up your heels!  For more info on Green Grass style clogging visit

Jazz 1 through Advanced Jazz

Beginner through Advanced progressions of jazz dance technique.  *Fun, tasteful, age appropriate music is used.  Students may start taking Jazz at age 6. 

Lyrical 1 through Advanced Lyrical

Beginner through Advanced progressions in Lyrical dance technique.  Lyrical dance encompasses ballet, jazz & contemporary dance styles and technique.  Students may start taking Lyrical at age 7. 

Hip Hop 1 through Advanced Hip Hop

Fun, funky, fresh movement style appropriate for each technique level.  *Tasteful, age appropriate music is used.  Students may start taking Hip Hop at age 6. 

Tumble Time!

​​Tumble Time class will encompass beginning tumbling skills such as forward and backward rolls, bridges, flexibility, balancing skills, coordination, as well as large movement skills such as leaping, skipping, and galloping.  Props may also be used to encourage and enhance learning! :)  Tumble Time will be a non-performing class, but will have a private informal presentation for families to showcase their new skills in the studio before Christmas break and again in May.  Tumble Time is for ages 3-5.

Acro for Dance

These classes will focus on flexibility, strength, body alignment and acrobatic & tumbling skills including but not limited to: jumps, leaps, splits, forward & backward rolls, cartwheels, one handed cartwheels, backbends, round offs, front & back walk over’s, front and back Arabian's, beginning work on aerials, back tucks, partnering acrobatic tricks and more.  Dancers must also be enrolled in a technique class such as Ballet, Lyrical, or Jazz.  Acro for Dance classes will not be performance classes, however we will have a private informal presentation for families to showcase new skills in the studio - once before Christmas break, and again in May.  Acro for Dance is for ages 6-18.  Specific levels/age ranges on schedule. 

Adult Ballet

Drop the kids off at school and do something for yourself for a longer, leaner, stronger body…and have fun doing it.  Come take adult ballet at Down East Dance.  It will tone your body and increase flexibility.  If you have a child that dances it will give you greater understanding of what they are learning.  Our Adult Beginner Ballet will take you through correct technique at your own pace.  Our Adult Intermediate Ballet is for those with a little more experience.  Registration required.